Intelligence is at the heart of what MI6 does. It is the secret
information that the British government requires to keep the
country safe and prosperous.
As an Intelligence Officer your focus will be gathering,
delivering and utilising intelligence. These are fascinating and
unique roles. Whether working with government departments to
identify the intelligence requirements, overseeing a targeting
effort to develop an operation to gather the intelligence, meeting
the agents overseas with access to the intelligence, or reporting
the intelligence back to senior government Ministers you will be at
the forefront of keeping this country safe and secure.
Your career will likely encompass all of these roles but you will
not be assigned to any one until you have been through the initial
induction course which will allow us to assess where your skills
best lie. In your career you will also have the opportunity to work
overseas, receiving language training where appropriate.
As your career develops you will have ample opportunities to
broaden your skills and look to move into management and
operational leadership positions.
You will receive a competitive salary (variable dependent on
relevant experience) and also benefit from additional allowances,
including child care support during training.
The Qualities we are looking For
The ideal candidate is probably not the obvious candidate.
We need individuals with a whole range of backgrounds and
experiences to keep our organisation fresh and proactive.
We'll judge you solely by the value that you can add and the
positive ways in which you can help to influence real-world
outcomes. The sort of qualities we are looking for are:
- Real evidence of achievement, both in an academic setting and
supplemented with work/life experience
- A sharp intellect and analytical capability with an ability to
link disparate data in order to draw conclusions
- Sound judgment and the capability to operate with great levels
- A drive to acquire knowledge and absorb new learning across
diverse range of subjects
- Exceptional interpersonal skills and emotional
intelligence. The ability to understand, interact and connect
with a diverse range of people is central to what we do and defines
a good officer
- An interest in foreign culture is essential and fluency in a
foreign language is an advantage.
For candidates of exceptional ability there is the opportunity
to be selected for our Fast Track managed programme.
Thinking Of Applying?
Applicants must be British nationals, aged 21 or older and are
required to have, or expect to achieve, a minimum of a 2:1
You should only discuss your application with your partner or a
close family member, as long as they are British. They should also
be made aware of the need for discretion.
Contrary to some people's pre-conceptions, there isn't an MI6
'type'. The Service strives for diversity in the work place and is
committed to the creation and maintenance of a climate in which all
staff are treated fairly on the grounds of merit and ability.
We judge you solely by the value that you can add to our
If you wish to apply, please do read the Eligibility
page to check our requirements, failure to do so may impact on your
application. When ready to proceed, please click on the Apply
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